Hot on the heels of the release of their latest album New Bermuda, critically acclaimed metal phenoms Deafheaven will take the stage Friday night at the Howard Theatre along with openers Envy and Tribulation. While some overly aggressive black metal purists take issue (to put it mildly) with the band’s aesthetic choices and selected incorporation of other musical styles, by clinging to these rigid conventions they’re missing out on one of the most engaging metal acts in years. With their shoegaze and post-rock elements, Deafheaven offers both a breath of fresh air for seasoned fans of the genre as well as a great starting point for those just starting to dabble. Having seen the band once before during their tour in support of the excellent 2013 release Sunbather, I can attest that the group offers a pretty incredible live show that highlights the intensity of their music without losing the complex, layered nature of their songwriting. One piece of advice, however: bring hearing protection, or the show’s ferocious riffs might follow you home in the form of ringing ears.
Deafheaven plays at the Howard Theater on Friday, Nov. 6 along with Envy and Tribulation. Doors at 6pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Available online here.
Listen to the first track off the band’s new album New Bermuda here.